Chicago's location is ideal for air cargo. Chicago is centrally located in the United States and is central in one of the world's largest trading areas: the east-west nexus of Europe and Asia and the north-south nexus of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
only U.S. gateway with all six major North American railroads provides
easy multimodal transfer of goods. In fact, 50 percent of all U.S. rail
freight passes through Chicago rail yards. Chicago has excellent
interstate highway access and is located within a one-day truck drive of
29% of North American consumers and within a two-day ride of 42% of
Cargo Facilities to Meet Your Needs
O'Hare International Airport serves as Chicago's predominant cargo
airport, ranking worldwide among the top 20 busiest cargo airports in
the world with approximately 1.5 million tons of imports and exports to
all corners of the world. The value of O'Hare's air cargo trade is
worth approximately $115 billion. Currently there are two general cargo
areas, one on the south side of the airport located adjacent to Irving
Park Road and another facility on the north side of the airport adjacent
to Bessie Coleman Drive. Additional satellite areas with warehouse
options are also available.
New cargo facilities are planned at O'Hare which will have both
airside and landside access. The ramp area associated with this new
cargo location is planned to accommodate up to 12 Boeing 747-800
aircraft, with hydrant fueling, aircraft nose loading capability and
direct airside tug access to the main terminal area.
Over 800,000 square
feet of warehouse and office space is planned.
We Have the Goods if You Have the Wings
The Chicago economy is strong, diverse and growing. The gross regional product of Chicago exceeds $500 billion which is larger than many countries. There are more than 400 major corporate headquarters located in the Chicago area including 27 Fortune 500 headquarters – the second highest in the United States. Manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing are leading economic sectors for Chicago.
This brochure summarizes information on O'Hare's air cargo service and opportunities.